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Delaware's Evans Frimpong receives his Player of the Year award from CAA Assistant Commissioner J.P. Williams


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          Release: 11/09/2011
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (November 9, 2011) – Delaware senior forward Evans Frimpong was selected as the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer Player of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches. The award was presented Wednesday night on the eve of the quarterfinals of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship in Harrisonburg, Va.

Also receiving top men’s soccer honors from the conference were Hofstra sophomore back Shaun Foster, who was chosen as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, Delaware sophomore forward Roberto Gimenez, who was named the CAA Rookie of the Year, and James Madison’s Tom Martin, who was voted as CAA Coach of the Year.

Frimpong was tied for second in the CAA with 27 points and 11 goals this season. He also contributed five assists. The senior forward had five games with multiple goals, and three of them came against conference foes Northeastern, James Madison and William & Mary. His 27 points are the most by a Blue Hen since John Petito compiled 35 points in 1982 and he was the school’s first double-digit goal scorer since 2004. Frimpong is the first Delaware player to ever receive CAA Player of the Year honors.

Foster is the third player in CAA history to receive Defensive Player of the Year honors two times and just the second to win it in back-to-back years. The sophomore defender anchored a Hofstra back line that recorded four shutouts this season. Foster also contributed offensively, leading the Pride with five goals and ranking second on the team with 11 points.

Gimenez had a sensational first season at Delaware, tying for the second in the CAA with 27 points. The sophomore forward was fifth in the conference with 10 goals and tied for third in assists with seven. He contributed either a goal or an assist in 10 of the Blue Hens’ 13 matches and had two game-winning scores. Gimenez is UD’s second CAA Rookie of the Year honoree.

Martin was honored as the CAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time after guiding James Madison to its first CAA regular-season title since 2000 with an 8-3 league mark. The Dukes won 10 of their 11 matches from Sept. 17 to Oct. 26 and posted shutouts in seven of them. JMU is 12-4-1 overall, matching its most victories since 2005, and the Dukes were a perfect 9-0 at home. The Dukes are ranked among the top 25 in several national polls.
Old Dominion had a pair of players selected to the All-CAA first team with junior forward Yannick Smith (league-best 16g, 2a) and sophomore midfielder Gideon Asante (6g, 9a). Frimpong and Gimenez also gave Delaware two first-team honorees.

They were joined on the first team by William & Mary senior midfielder Nicolas Abrigo (8g, 2a), Northeastern sophomore midfielder Dante Marini (7g, 5a) and James Madison junior midfielder Paul Wyatt (6g, 3a). Making the first team on defense were Hofstra’s Foster, Georgia State sophomore Chris Locandro and VCU freshman Juan Monge Solano (5g, 1a). UNCW senior Brandon Miller (1.61 GAA, 68 svs., 3 ShO) was chosen as the goalkeeper on the first team.

2011 All-CAA Men’s Soccer Team
(Selected by CAA Men’s Soccer Coaches)

First Team

Player, School                           Cl.    Pos.    Hometown/Previous School
Evans Frimpong, Delaware#        Sr.     F       Accra, Ghana/Accra
Roberto Gimenez, Delaware        So.   F       Calle Calatrava, Spain
Yannick Smith, Old Dominion      Jr.     F       Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough
Nicolas Abrigo, William & Mary     Sr.    MF     South Riding, Va./Flint Hill
Gideon Asante, Old Dominion#   So.   MF     Sunyani Ghana/Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Dante Marini, Northeastern         So.   MF     Chadds Ford, Pa./Salesianum School
Paul Wyatt, James Madison#      Jr.     MF     Modbury, England/Ivybridge
Shaun Foster, Hofstra*               So.   D      Southport, England/Stanley
Chris Locandro, Georgia State     So.   D      Kennesaw, Ga./The Walker School
Juan Monge Solano, VCU            Fr.    D      San Jose, Costa Rica
Brandon Miller, UNCW                 Sr.    GK    Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day

Second Team

Player, School                           Cl.    Pos.    Hometown/Previous School
Tim Hopkinson, Old Dominion    So.    F        Nottingham, England/Rushcliffe School
Patrick Innes, James Madison    Sr.     F        Chester, Va./Thomas Dale
Jason Johnson, VCU%               So.    F        Saint Anne, Jamaica/Manchester
Stephen McGill, Georgia State     So.    MF     Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X
Daniel Roberts, UNCW               Sr.     MF      Sugar Land, Texas/Clements
Leo Stolz, George Mason            Fr.    MF      Munich, Germany/Gymnasiun Pullach
Ken Tribbett, Drexel                  So.   MF      Centennial, Colo./Grandview
Will Smith, William & Mary         So.    D       Avon, Conn./Westminster School
Tommy Webb, Old Dominion      Sr.     D       Auckland, New Zealand/Westlake Boys
Eric Zuehsow, George Mason#     Sr.    D       Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Victor Francoz, Old Dominion       Jr.    GK     Fleurieu Sur Saone, France

Third Team

Player, School                            Cl.    Pos.    Hometown/Previous School
Olakunle Banjo, Towson#            So.    F        Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo
Mike Kennedy, Northeastern#      Sr.     F        Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield
Taylor Morgan, George Mason      Jr.      F       Southampton, England/Tauntons College
Ryan Gracia, George Mason         Sr.    MF      Rockville, Md./Thomas Wootton
Chris Griebsch, Hofstra                So.   MF     Dessau-Rosslau, Germany/Jena
Jamal Keene, Georgia State         So.   MF     Atlanta, Ga./Hiram
Christian McLaughlin, JMU            Jr.     MF     Herndon, Va./Herndon
Ryan Burnham, Northeastern        Sr.     D      North Yarmouth, Maine/Greely
Jason Gannon, James Madison     Sr.     D      Vienna, Va./Flint Hill
Darren O’Connor, Delaware%        Sr.     D      Cork, Ireland/Cholaise Cholim
Pentti Pussinen, Drexel                So.   GK     Tampere, Finland/Kalvan Lukio

2011 CAA Player of the Year:  Evans Frimpong, Delaware
2011 CAA Defensive Player of the Year:  Shaun Foster, Hofstra
2011 CAA Rookie of the Year:  Roberto Gimenez, Delaware
2011 CAA Coach of the Year:  Tom Martin, James Madison

* - All-CAA First Team in 2010  # - All-CAA Second Team in 2010   % - All-CAA Third Team in 2010

2011 CAA Men’s Soccer All-Rookie Team

Player, School                                Cl.    Pos.    Hometown/High School
Jonathan Barden, James Madison    Fr.     MF      Harrow, England/Park
Yoan Fontaine, Delaware                So.    D        Ruelle Russienne, France/Lycee Arago
Roberto Gimenez, Delaware            So.    F        Calle Calatrava, Spain
Marcus Luster, William & Mary          Fr.    MF/D    Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge
Ambry Moss, Northeastern              Fr.      D        Nassau, Bahamas/The Pendleton School
Prince Nartey, Delaware                  So.     D        Accra, Ghana/Presby Boy’s School
Juan Monge Solano, VCU                Fr.      D        San Jose, Costa Rica
Leo Stolz, George Mason                Fr.    MF        Munich, Germany/Gymnasiun Pullach
Michael Teiman, William & Mary       Fr.      D        Liverpool, England/Liverpool College
Verneri Valimaa, George Mason       Fr.    MF        Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage Acad.